About this book
- The book is a never-before published account of the making of the revolutionary diagnostic manual, DSM-III
- The book uses never before utilized archival sources and key interviews
- The book is a comprehensive examination of the main psychiatric dilemma of the past 200 years: the violent swings between the material/somatic and the non-material/psychological approaches
- The DSM has huge significance in deciding what is normality and what is psychopathology and who gets treatment and who does not. This has enormous therapeutic, economic, and legal ramifications.
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association decided to publish a revised
edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). There was great hope
that a new manual would display psychiatry as a scientific field and aid in
combating the attacks of an aggressive anti-psychiatry movement that had persisted
for more than a decade.
The Making of DSM-III is a book about the manual that resulted in 1980-DSM-III-a far-reaching revisionist work that created a revolution in American psychiatry. Its development precipitated a historic clash between the DSM-III Task Force--a group of descriptive, empirically oriented psychiatrists and psychologists--and the psychoanalysts the Task Force was determined to dethrone from their dominance in American psychiatry. DSM-III also inaugurated an era in which it and the diagnostic manuals that followed played enormous roles in the daily lives of persons and organizations all over the world, for the DSMs have been translated into many languages.
The radical revision process was led by the psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer, a many-talented man of great determination, energy, and tactical skills, arguably the most influential psychiatrist of the second half of the 20th Century. Spitzer created as major a change in descriptive psychiatry and classification as had the renowned German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, almost a century earlier. Kraepelin had been the epochal delineator of dementia praecox from manic-depressive illness, the forerunners of modern schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
In her book, Hannah Decker portrays the many internal and external battles that roiled the creation of DSM-III and analyzes both its positive achievements and significant drawbacks. She also astutely explores the deleterious effects of the violent swings in scientific orientation that have dominated psychiatry over the past 200 years and are still alive today.
Decker has written a revealing and exciting book that is based on archival sources never before used as well as extensive interviews with the psychiatrists and psychologists who have brought into being the psychiatry we know today.
Readership: Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatric social workers and mental health counselors, historians of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, historians in medicine, sociologists of psychiatry, lay mental health advocacy groups, LGBT community, educated lay
Table of contents
1. A Pivotal Three Decades: American Psychiatry After World War II
Chronicle I: "Weller Than Well"
Chronicle II: "Psychiatry Kills"
Chronicle III: "Pseudopatients" and "Sexual Deviations"
2. Emil Kraepelin: Birth of Modern Descriptive Psychiatry
3. Kraepelin's Progeny: The "Neo-Kraepelinians"
4. Robert L. Spitzer, Psychiatric Revolutionary
5. The DSM-III Task Force and Psychiatric Empiricism
6. A Brief History of Modern Classification and Problems with Reliability in
7. The Revolution Begins, 1973-1976
8. A Snapshot in Time: DSM-III in Midstream, 1976
9. The Eruption of Discord Following the Midstream Conference
10. Clinicians Vs. Researchers again and New Antagonisms Over Sexuality
11. The Psychoanalytic Awakening to DSM-III
12. The Field Trials and Yet More Controversies
13. The Final Weeks
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